The Environmental Working Group released its annual list of produce to avoid and which ones are the safest bet to buy conventional this week. We pulled a list of safest fruits and vegetables from the bottom 15.
We like to scan this list for help in buying produce. We are more comfortable buying lower-pesticide fruits and vegetables (like the ones on the list below) from conventionally-grown sources. We save our money for organic versions of higher-pesticide fruits and vegetables (like apples, celery, and strawberries — check the full list to see more).
It's intuitive that produce with a natural inedible peel like avocado and cantaloupe would be high on this list. But mushrooms and asparagus?
Conventional Produce with Lowest Pesticide Levels
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Cantaloupe (Domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
How do you determine whether to buy organic or conventional produce?